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Wendy Hoy is Professor of Medicine and Director of the Centre for Chronic Diseases at the University of Queensland. She is also an internationally recognised researcher in the field of Chronic Disease including, kidney disease, diabetes and cardiovascular disease in disadvantaged or high risk populations. Wendy has led numerous studies to better understand why certain populations are at an increased risk of developing kidney disease, such as the Tiwi of Australia, populations in South Africa, Nigeria, Sri Lanka and other countries.
Wendy’s research addresses the epidemiology of renal disease, hypertension, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease and promotes multi-determinant concepts of disease causation. It also addresses structural, ultra-structural and molecular markers of disease and disease susceptibility. She has stimulated studies of primary and secondary prevention, outcomes research and cost-effectiveness evaluations. Wendy has modelled the success of systematic approaches to secondary prevention in Aboriginal groups and advocates for a needs-based system of health care delivery. Current projects include a new trial on primary pharmacologic prevention.
In 2006 she received the Brenner Award from the American Society of Nephrology for research on mechanisms of renal disease and hypertension. In 2007 she received the National Health and Medical Research Councils (NHMRC) Australia Fellowship Award to promote research on chronic disease in high-risk populations and in 2008 she was awarded the International Distinguished Medal from the National Kidney Foundation in the USA for helping change the paradigm of renal and related chronic diseases research and promoting programs of early detection and prevention.
Professor Hoy was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2010, for her contributions to knowledge of chronic disease on high risk populations, and to health services reform, including in Australia’s Indigenous population.